Sugar Minott Day Tribute, now in its fifth year, was held at the late singer’s Youthman Promotions headquarters on Robert Crescent in St Andrew, on Sunday and Monday.
“It was awesome. The turnout was great. The people who came were real Sugar Minott fans and, most importantly, it was incident- free,” she told the Jamaica Observer.
The first day comprised live performances, while the second was dedicated to sound systems.
“The first night was good. Sister Carol, who wasn’t billed, flew in for the event and performed. For me, that was a big surprise. Junior Reid’s set went well. Half Pint filled in for Frankie Paul, who didn’t show because he wasn’t well. Errol Dunkley and Voicemail did well,” she said.
Minott said members of the entertainment fraternity came out in full support.
“I saw sound system legend Jack Scorpio and veteran deejay Sassafrass. I also saw Fantan Mojah… a lot of supporters, even some Japanese fans were there,” she said.
Night two belonged to sound systems Sound Trooper and Caveman Sound.
“I, too, got a chance to spin 10 of my favourite Sugar Minott records,” she said.
For next year’s staging, Minott said she will be seeking sponsorship from corporate Jamaica as well as finding a bigger venue.
“The current venue is a bit small. We’ll be forever doing this and keep Dad’s memory alive.”
Lincoln ‘Sugar’ Minott was one of dancehall’s prolific singers who emerged during the 1970s at Studio One. He died of a heart attack at the University Hospital of the West Indies in July 2010. He was 54.
He is known for anthems including Herbsman Hustling, No Vacancy, Mr DC, and A House is Not a Home. Minott exposed many young artistes through Youthman Promotions, including Little John, Triston Palmer, Barry Brown, Tony Tuff, Junior Reid, Yami Bolo, Tenor Saw, Nitty Gritty, Garnet Silk, Tony Rebel and Steve ‘Shalom’ Harper.